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Second atomic bombing of Japan at Nagasaki, 1945

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the mushroom cloud rising from the explosion of an atomic bomb with an estimated force of 20,000 tonnes of TNT, 560 m above Nagasaki, Japan, on 9 August 1945. Part of the wing of the camera plane that accompanied the bomb-carrying plane can be seen at bottom right. The image ...

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Surrender: the only option for the Son of Heaven

The Japanese surrender at the end of World War II was preceded by a heavy bombing campaign by the Allied forces, culminating in the use of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Germany had already surrendered, and with the devastation wrought on his country, it was inevitable that Japan's Emperor Hirohito would follow ...

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Building the atomic bomb

The use of atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki hastened the surrender of Japan, bringing World War II to an end. The bombs killed more than 100,000 people immediately, while thousands more died of starvation, disease and radioactive exposure in the ensuing months. This US newsreel footage from 1945 presents ...

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Tragic consequences of Japan's modernisation

Japan went through a remarkable transformation between 1868 and the death of the Emperor Meiji in 1912. But Japan's modernisation was accompanied by its rise as an imperialist power, with tragic results. Watch this clip to learn about the consequences of Japan's dream of empire. This clip is last in a series of six.

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Ground Zero 1945, pictures by atomic bomb survivors

This is a powerful collection of online materials that focus on drawings and paintings by the 'hibakusha', the survivors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on 6 and 9 August 1945. The materials consist of an illustrated essay by Professor John Dower and a Visual Narrative of eight images, drawn and annotated ...

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Ground zero 1945, a schoolboy's story

This is a powerful collection of online materials focusing on the illustrated testimony of atomic bomb survivor Akihiro Takahashi who was a schoolboy when the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. The materials consist of an introduction to Takahashi and his work for peace; four Visual Narratives of Takahashi's experiences illustrated ...

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Ground Zero 1945, pictures by atomic bomb survivors: essay by John Dower

This is an illustrated essay that describes and explains drawings and paintings made by survivors of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. The essay has seven chapters: introduction; hellfire; water; ghosts; despair; hope; and sources. Teachers are advised to preview the essay as the sensitive and ...